11 Jun

Written for Friday Fictioneers

13 June 2014

 PHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Ted Strutz

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Ted Strutz


The following is a transcript of a conversation between a dentist and her new assistant. I swear it is true..

Wow! What a gorgeous view of the harbour.

Precisely the reason I chose this location. There are always sailors and dock workers wanting emergency dentistry.

So your entire practice is walk-in? No appointments?

Exactly. Just one important on the phone you see the big red panic button?


It is a direct line to first responders.

 In case of an alergic reaction?

Yes, but mostly for when we present them with the bill.


22 Responses to “Transcript”

  1. Jessie Ansons June 11, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Haha I was waiting for someone to mention the exorbitant price of dentistry! Funny piece 🙂

  2. Sandra June 11, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    If they ever had to have a root canal filling, they’d probably need an undertaker rather than a first responder. 😦 Funny one.

  3. Helena Hann-Basquiat June 11, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Extortion, I tell ya!

  4. patriciaruthsusan June 11, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    Patricia, That was really funny. 😀 I can see both sides. One dentist I went to had a sign in the office that read, “There’s no such thing as a good, cheap dentist.” Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  5. paulmclem June 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Heh, nice story…and believable!

  6. David Stewart June 12, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Great ending. You pay dearly for emergency work. 🙂

  7. tedstrutz June 12, 2014 at 3:02 am #

    No kidding!

  8. lingeringvisions by Dawn June 12, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    Haha,,,made me snort out loud.

  9. rochellewisoff June 12, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    Dear Patricia,

    Enterprising dentist. Well written dialogue.



  10. siobhanmcnamara June 12, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Sounds like he knew his business well 🙂

  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) June 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Yes drunken sailors fighting has to be a great source of income… but better be prepared for some ruffle at the end..

  12. jamsun June 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Ha! The punchline is great!

  13. Shailaja/ The Moving Quill June 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Practical dentist, with a humorous twist. Very nice indeed 🙂

  14. Maree Gallop June 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    Ha! I loved the humour. A dentist with a strategic plan! A rich one no doubt.

  15. patrickprinsloo June 14, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    Extracting the money is the real challenge, I imagine. Clever piece of fun.

  16. Nan Falkner June 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Dear Patricia, Like Patrick said above, Extracting the money is the real challenge! So true and very few companies offer dental insurance as a perk. Especially if you have a ton of kids (like one of my cousins). I couldn’t come up with enough money for those kids! Excellent story and well done! I knew a dentist that donated some of his time to go to the ghetto to work for free once a month, he just felt like it was his ‘calling’ and those parents and kids that he worked on won’t ever forget his kindness – I haven’t and I wasn’t a patient. Such a good story – Thanks, Nan 🙂

  17. hugmamma June 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm #

    Too funny for words. I love a dentist with a sense of humor, especially since I’m not really a fan otherwise. Except I do love my current dentist. Love, love, love him. And no, he’s not my husband. Just a VIP in my life. 😉

  18. storydivamg June 15, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    Great stuff! A fun, fresh story for this week’s prompt. Enjoyed.


  19. The Reclining Gentleman June 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    hahaha!!! nice puchline 😀

  20. talesfromthemotherland June 17, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Very clever! Love the big red button.

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